The City of Rochester is applying for grant funding to complete Environmental Assessment and Environmental Cleanup projects at two City owned properties located at 835-855 West Main Street and 42 York Street, respectively. This competitive grant application is part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Brownfield Grant Program which if awarded can provide up to $800,000 in funding for activities related to repositioning brownfield sites that are currently negatively impacting the communities they are located within.  835-855 West Main Street and 42 York Street are properties that were acquired by the City on October 31, 2018 and December 15, 2016, respectively, as part of the Bull’s Head Revitalization Project and the Bull’s Head Urban Renewal Plan.  Both sites are located within the Bull’s Head Brownfield Opportunity Area.  Additional information on the Bull’s Head Revitalization Project, Bull’s Head Urban Renewal Plan, and Bull’s Head Brownfield Opportunity Area community planning processes can be found here: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/BullsHeadRevitalization/

 Site Background Information 

 835-855 West Main Street: 

 835-855 W Main St Site Map

835-855 West Main Street is approximately 4.22 acres and is currently the location of an 85,599 sq. ft.  building and paved parking lot, known locally as Bull’s Head Plaza.  Former uses on the site include laundry, dry cleaners, machine shop, auto sales, and a machine manufacturer.   The site includes soil and groundwater contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) as well as fill and soil contaminated with heavy metals and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs).

42 York Street: 

 42 York St Site Map

42 York Street is approximately 0.48 acres and is currently an unused paved open lot.  The site was formerly developed with residential structures and parking areas.   The site contains fill material, including ash layers that are considered a regulated industrial waste, as well as fill and soil contaminated with heavy metals and SVOCs.

 Further Information 

More detailed information regarding the environmental conditions at 835-855 West Main Street and 42 York Street can be found in the following list of documents: 

 835-855 West Main Street:

 42 York Street:

Grant Application

 Community Participation/Engagement

Bull’s Head Revitalization Community Participation Plan:

Community participation and engagement for Bull’s Head Revitalization is a continuation of the Community Participation Plan (CPP) established during the Bull’s Head BOA Revitalization planning process.  The CPP may be viewed here: Bull's Head Revitalization Community Participation Plan

Community Presentation of Bull's Head EPA Multipurpose Grant Application:   

The City presented the Bull’s Head EPA Multipurpose Grant application at the October 14, 2020 Southwest Quadrant Community Meeting via Zoom video-conference.  The meeting agenda and grant application presentation may be viewed here: Bull's Head EPA 2020 Multipurpose Grant Application Presentation

This website will be periodically updated as new information is obtained; a copy of the draft EPA Multipurpose grant application will also be available for review when it is finished. If you have additional questions about the project please contact the City’s project manager Rick Rynski, Associate Administrative Analyst, City of Rochester, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, via (585) 428-6932 or email.